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Best things to do in Cuenca

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Museum
“It's worth the walk east along Calle Larga to one of Ecuador's most significant museums. While there's some great modern art downstairs, the highlight is on the 2nd floor. Here begins a comprehensive voyage through Ecuador's diverse indigenous cultures, with colorfully animated dioramas and reconstructions of typical houses, including of Afro-Ecuadorians from Esmeraldas province, the cowboy-like montubios (coastal farmers) of the western lowlands, several rainforest groups and all major highland groups. The finale features rare and eerie tzantzas (shrunken heads) from the Shuar culture of the southern Oriente. Included in your visit is the Archaeological Park”
29 locals recommend
Church
“Take the tour of the new cathedral to see the crypts below the church and hike up into the soaring towers for an incredible view of Parque Calderon, the main city square. Find out some interesting details about the cathedral and the city that houses it. ”
12 locals recommend
Establishment
“Teresa’s favorite mercado is the Diez de Agosto (it's also the closest). It’s a true mercado experience and you can find just about everything there (including a haircut for $2.50, or they will sharpen your knives for $.25 each). If there’s a stack of anything, like avocados, it’s $1. If it’s a bag of tomatoes, it’s $1. (There is a distinct accent here and they say "dollar" like "DO-ZHAR".) If there’s a larger bag of tomatoes next to a smaller bag, that larger bag will probably be $2. It’s a good idea to stand back and listen to what other people are being charged for other things to avoid getting “gringo pricing” and, of course, learn your numbers in Spanish helps. ”
6 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“The food is delicious, service is really good and you will find typical and traditional food as well. Best meat restaurant of the city ”
14 locals recommend
Park
“Important park to make exercise, next to the most important neighborhood in cuenca, and the new comercial zone. ”
12 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This is the largest mall in Cuenca and is a short bus or taxi ride. It also has a food court.”
12 locals recommend
Park
“Great place for people-watching! It's in the heart of the city between the Old & New Cathedrals. ”
8 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Many local artists get to exhibit their work in this incredible space. The architecture is enough to visit this awesome building where in every corner you can see new details of Cuenca. ”
8 locals recommend
Park
“Es el parque central del casco histórico de Cuenca. A su alrededor hay varios sitios Gastronómicos y es un bello lugar para recrearse y tomar fotos.”
6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Goza is open late and their food is to die for. Serious. Expensive compared to other local places, Goza caters mostly to the expat and tourist community, and the wealthier locals. ”
10 locals recommend
Establishment
3 locals recommend
Grocery Store
“Mainstream grocery store (ie; Safeway/Vons/WinDixie). Near soccer stadium, Chill-n-Grill, McDonalds, and Parque de la Madre.”
7 locals recommend
Bar
“Great burgers and Mexican food. Sports bar on the banks of Rio Tomebabma. Indoor and outdoor seating. A gringo gathering place. Opens at 12 noon, closed Mondays.”
7 locals recommend
Park
“This is the main park in the city, around this area you will find most of the coffe shops, restaurants and the Cathedral, many places for tourism”
11 locals recommend
Cafe
“Homemade food, breakfast and lunch specials, situated in a colonial home on Plaza San Sebastian at the west end of the historic district. Open Wednesday through Sunday until 3 PM.”
9 locals recommend
Park
“It has abundant vegetation, large eucalyptus trees and other forest species, as well as its striking paths where people can walk and walk along the edges of the park. An artificial lagoon, camping sites, we also find bike paths.”
8 locals recommend